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IoT @ Mobile World Congress 2018: Partnerships, AI, Connectivity and Geolocation

Report Summary:

Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018) is the biggest show on the Mobile and Smart Connected Ecosystem that took place in Barcelona between February 26th and March 1st 2018. Over 107,000 visitors from 205 countries and territories attended the 2018 Mobile World Congress. Over four days, the conference programme delved into topics such as 5G, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), content and media, drones, blockchain, policy and regulation, and many others.

Strategy Analytics had a large team of analysts across IoT, Smartphones, Drones, Robots, Tablets, Wearables, Components, Smart home and Connected Cars in attendance. This report covers the key themes around IoT announced at the 2018 event.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary 4
2. IoT Network Rollouts and Connectivity Platforms 5
2.1 NB IoT and Cat M1/M2 5
2.1.1 Cisco claimed an industry first by launching its Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) platform worldwide 5
2.1.2 NB IoT received another boost as Ericsson announced that it had been selected by Far EasTone (FET) to enable it to offer Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity services globally to enterprises 5
2.1.3 Sequans announced it had introduced Monarch N, an NB-IoT platform designed and optimized for pure NB-IoT operation to enable massive IoT deployments 6
2.1.4 G+D Focused on Securing NB IoT 6
2.2 Unlicensed LPWA Developments (LoRa,SigFox, etc.) 7
2.2.1 LoRa Gains the Upper Hand in Unlicensed LPWA Networks 7
2.2.2 Actility Launches new ThingPark Platform 8
2.2.3 STMicroelectronics and Sigfox Collaboration 8
2.2.4 New Business Wins for Telensa 8
2.3 SA Takeaways on IoT Connectivity and Network Platforms 8
3. eSIM proves Transformational for Telecoms Providers 10
3.1 Telna Demonstrated its eSIM Router 10
3.2 G+D eSIM Security 11
3.3 Deutsche Telekom Demonstrated eSIM Projects with Greyp Bikes & BMW 11
3.4 Stream Technologies Demonstrated its eSIM Orchestration platform 12
3.5 SA Takeaways on eSIM 12
4. Cross-Industry Partnerships  in IoT 14
4.1 China Mobile and Vodafone 14
4.2 China Unicom and Telefonica 14
4.3 Telenor and Cisco 14
4.4 Vodafone and Samsung 15
4.5 Samsung and MultiTech, Harman Integration with PTC 15
4.6 Qualcomm Highlighted Multiple Partnerships (Honeywell, Whirlpool, etc.) 15
4.7 SA Takeaways on Partnerships 15
5. Geolocation and IoT 16
5.1 Hoopo Geolocation for LPWA Networks 16
5.2 Aeris and TracPlus collaborate on LBS 16
5.3 Quuppa Indoor Geolocation 17
5.4 Intellinum and Sierra Wireless Collaborate on Connected Boots for Workers in Hazardous Environments 17
5.5 SA Takeaways on Geolocation 18
6. AI and ML 20
6.1 Ericsson Implements AI and Machine Learning Across its Entire Organisation 20
6.2 AT&T and CarForce Developing AI for Predictive Car Maintenance 20
6.3 Telefonica and Seat Demonstrate Supply Chain ML and Use of Blockchain for Traceabiliy 21
6.4 SA Takeaways on AI and ML 22
7. 5G Demos and Deployments 24
7.1.1 China Mobile 5G Trials including IoT 24
7.1.2 Huawei 5G Network Commercialisation Pace Increasing 24
7.1.3 Intel Smart City 25
7.2 SA Takeaways on 5G 25
8. Conclusions 27
9. How Can We HelpYou? 28

Figure 1: Mobile World Congress 2018 Exhibition Floor 6
Figure 2: LoRaWAN Roaming in Europe with Orange and KPN 7
Figure 3: BMW Connected Experience 12
Figure 4: Gelolocation and Worker Safety 18
Figure 5: OBD2 Diagnostics Plugin 21
Figure 6: Vicente Muñoz, Telefónica's Chief IoT Officer 22
Figure 7: 5G Commercial (Security) Drone 24
Figure 8: GE CityIQ Intelligent Node 25

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